Farm Excellence: Dairy

Our network of strategic dairy farms share good practice through on-farm and virtual events, giving you access to industry experts and the latest research.

Strategic farms follow either an all-year-round or block calving system so you can see relevant real world demonstrations and get ideas to make improvements on your farm.

The farms are solid performers who openly and honestly share their experiences and performance figures at on-farm and virtual meetings.

You’ll hear about a range of topics from mastitis and managing calves to breeding and buildings. We’re confident you’ll find something of interest.

We’re aiming to have 26 strategic farms across Great Britain funded by AHDB, Welsh Government and Betty Lawes Foundation. We're currently looking for new farms to join our network; find out more about how to become a strategic dairy farm.

The farms form part of our Farm Excellence platform, a network of inspirational farmers who open their doors to help you learn, share and create new ideas to drive innovation and productivity.

Strategic dairy farms: ten reasons to get involved

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Meet our strategic dairy farm hosts

Learn more about each farm, see their key performance figures and updates from past meetings and webinars.

Strategic dairy farm news

How to get involved

Browse upcoming strategic dairy farms, catch up on previous meetings and explore the network.

Meet the Knowledge Exchange team

National

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Nic Parsons

Head of Dairy Development

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Image of staff member Karen O'Callaghan Lowe

Karen O'Callaghan Lowe

Head of Ruminant

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North East & North West

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James Hague

Knowledge Exchange Manager - Dairy

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East & West Midlands & East Anglia

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Stephen West

Senior Knowledge Exchange Manager - Dairy

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Emily Collins

Knowledge Exchange Manager - Dairy

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Shirley Macmillan

Knowledge Exchange Manager - Dairy

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South East & South West

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Kate Harris

Knowledge Exchange Manager - Dairy

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Sarah Hurford

Knowledge Exchange Manager - Farm Business

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Bryan Nicholson

Knowledge Exchange Manager - Dairy

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Wales

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Delyth Lewis-Jones

Head of Dairy Development Wales - Pennaeth Datblygu Llaeth Cymru

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Teaghan Tayler

Knowledge Exchange Senior Manager Wales Uwch Rheolwr Cyfnewid Gwybodaeth Cymru

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Jamie McCoy

Senior Knowledge Exchange Manager - Dairy

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Scotland

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Doreen Anderson

Senior Knowledge Exchange Manager - Dairy

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